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Lots Of People Really Want Slideout-Keyboard Phones: Where Are They?

entrigant Re:Another bloviation from Bennett (385 comments)

Indeed. I might be tolerable if it was at all insightful. I'm at as much a loss as you as to how this guy keeps getting his word jizz posted. I made it a few sentences in and already it's his typical "I spent 60 seconds pretending to do work then vomited paragraphs of nonsense about it!" This isn't even idle quality stream of consciousness stoner rhetoric.. I think even describing it as bloviating is too forgiving.

4 hours ago
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New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

entrigant Re:Now I'm confused ... (380 comments)

The parent indicates ammonia is produced from hydrocarbons like natural gas. Why not just run the vehicles on that? Is there a production method that does not involve using the same resource that fuel cell and electric cars are trying to supplant?

about a month ago
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Congress Unhappy With FCC's Proposed Changes To Net Neutrality

entrigant Re:Fast Lane Fallacy (208 comments)

This. The ISP's seem to have successfully steered the conversation so that the focus is on how to best manage over saturated connections. Any bandwidth crunch is artificial. We need a way to steer the conversation back.

about 2 months ago
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FBI Need Potheads To Fight Cybercrime

entrigant Re:Interview on Weed?! (319 comments)

"have to"? I believe the exact wording was "want to". It's hyperbole meant to demonstrate the level of "tolerance" some of the candidates demand, not to demonstrate their crippling inability to get out of bed.

I do quite well in the private sector, but government is full of "zero tolerance" requirements from recreational drug use to the exact level of college education completed. Combine that with the pitiful wages and I'm amazed they end up with any technology related work force at all. If they'd compete I'd at least consider them. Now I don't even bother looking at them.

about 2 months ago
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Major ISPs Threaten To Throttle Innovation and Slow Network Upgrades

entrigant Re:Less choice? (286 comments)

So then you agree they need to be regulated as a public utility and monopoly since, as you stated, competition is not tenable thereby preventing the proper application of free market forces.

about 2 months ago
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Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

entrigant Re:My mp3s died before my cds did! (329 comments)

You do understand that the reed solomon codes used for RAID 6 _are_ a form of CRC, right? Even better, they allow reconstruction when bad bits are found! RAID 6 would be a poor technology otherwise. I'm not trying to stomp on /.'s love affair with ZFS, but patrol reads on modern RAID cards are _exactly_ what ZFS does.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID#Integrity
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_scrubbing

Even better, this works with all filesystems! Layering FTW.

about 2 months ago
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Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

entrigant Re:My mp3s died before my cds did! (329 comments)

And yet people laugh at me for having a hardware RAID card with read patroling and ECC RAM...

about 2 months ago
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Your Old CD Collection Is Dying

entrigant Re:Space is cheap, rip to FLAC (329 comments)

That's not the point. MP3 represents a generational loss. If a new favored format appears on the scene you'd suffer a second generational loss performing the transcoding. For archival masters why would you not use lossless compression?

about 2 months ago
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Lectures Aren't Just Boring, They're Ineffective, Too, Study Finds

entrigant Re:Not a way to learn (166 comments)

This may point to a measurement problem, but you're not forced into it. A desire to learn is all that is needed to master the subject even if the tests are not a reliable indicator of mastery, or are you attempting to say that the instructor is uninterested in teaching even to those who wish to learn?

about 3 months ago
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Dropbox and Box Leaked Shared Private Files Through Google

entrigant A Non Issue - FUD From a Competitor (92 comments)

The "cloud" hate is strong here so I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that nobody has mentioned this yet, but this is quite simply a non issue. Box and Dropbox allow you to share files publicly, but it is not the default. While each have had genuine security issues in the past, this is not one. This is simple, common user ignorance. Both services have proper and secure sharing methods to share documents with other users of the service that require authentication on both ends.

What happens is:

- User clicks "Share dropbox link" from the context menu OR user places file into a pre-configured public folder
- User gives link to recipient
- Recipient enters it into a browser with one of those horrible combo search/url bars
- Link is indexed by the search engine

The important thing to remember is that that link does not exist before the user selects that action. These links also expire, and there is also an "Unshare" explicit action.

about 3 months ago
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Earthquake Warning Issued For Central Oklahoma

entrigant Re:More Fracking' Earthquakes (127 comments)

Nuclear, obviously. The energy crisis was solved 50 years ago. Our will to implement the solution just vanished under a haze of ignorance and propaganda.

about 3 months ago
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SanDisk Announces 4TB SSD, Plans For 8TB Next Year

entrigant Re: Oh goody (264 comments)

Hit the enter key from time to time, son. Nobody will be able to get through that.

about 3 months ago
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Americans Uncomfortable With Possibility of Ubiquitous Drones, Designer Babies

entrigant Re:Personal Drones (155 comments)

Most of the world knows that the more guns there are in the hands of citizens, the more shootings and gun crimes there are.

Most of the world _might_ think this, but know it? I've seen evidence for that assertion and it's inverse. I don't know which is sound, nor do I care. Clearly mere legal ownership rates is not the most important factor in gun violence considering you can find evidence to support any position you wish to take on that one.

And I'm pretty sure those people were "properly trained" in the use of the automobile.

By whom? In every state I've lived in drivers license requirements are so lax they might as well just stop pretending and rubber stamp every application. I'm "pretty sure" hardly anyone has been "properly trained" in the use of an automobile in the USA.

about 3 months ago
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SSD-HDD Price Gap Won't Go Away Anytime Soon

entrigant Re:RAID? (256 comments)

You'd only need 5ish drives to match raw throughput, but to match IOPS, the more important factor in enterprise uses, you'd need 250 of the fastest 15k drives you can find just to match a single average SSD, and that's if you run them with RAID 0. If you wany any sort of redundancy that number is going to get a lot bigger.

Nearly every SAN out there offering flash capability is limited by the CPU, software, and bus speeds. SAN vendors also love to severely mark up flash drives.

about 3 months ago
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Raspberry Pi's Eben Upton: How We're Turning Everyone Into DIY Hackers

entrigant Re:Am I getting old? (90 comments)

I feel much like you, and I attribute it to there being nothing particularly interesting or new about the Pi. It's just a small, cheap computer. I've installed and configured linux on a hundred systems big and small, and I learned everything this thing can teach me a long time ago.

DIY is fun and can be a great learning experience, but it ends there. After that it turns into a time sink just to keep the damn thing going for no gain other than to learn what having a second job is like. If you just want something to use let somebody else deal with the hassle of making sure it works and keeps working. Let someone else design the UI, negotiate relationships with 3rd parties for commercial application support, keep an eye on security issues, fix that random idiotic HDCP issue with that new TV, deal with that bug in ffmpeg, etc.

about 4 months ago
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Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

entrigant Re:Wierd headline (130 comments)

A bullshit practice being common is not really a great reason to prepetuate the practice. Now is about the best chance we'll get to change the culture around this sort of entertainment to stop seeing this sort of double dipping as normal or, worse, expected.

I don't think cable companies use to pay for commercial supported networks, but that landscape slowly changed. It use to make sense. The cable company was paid for distribution and the networks covered their expenses with advertising. Now the cable company must pay for access to the network, and the network _still_ advertises. This model has moved to the likes of Hulu where Hulu must pay for both distribution and the content. However, now the ad revenue _also_ goes to Hulu instead of directly to the network.

It's all one giant pile of fuckery letting the finer aspects of the typical fucked up economic model around cable companies shine and persist.

about 4 months ago
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Brendan Eich Steps Down As Mozilla CEO

entrigant Re:I think this is bullshit (1746 comments)

"... rights are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people, according to some legal system, social convention, or ethical theory." - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rights

That seems a reasonable definition of rights for this discussion. Applying this to geekoid's comment, "He wanted to use political force to deny rights to people", is prefectly valid. The right existed in the legal sense prior to the passage of the proposition. Political force was being used to "re-remove" (deny) the right.

You are absolutely correct the "governmental advantages" associated with marriage are, indeed, privileges in the legal sense, but that's beside the point. Marriage itself is a right that places those who obtain married status into a class that enjoys specific privileges.

I do agree that marriage is not a _natural_ right, but a civil one. Marriage is, afterall, and entirely human legal creation. That the right existed in the state prior to prop 8 does result in it being an explicit attempt to deny a pre-existing civil right. However, even if that had not been the case, it is still possible to deny a right that has not been expressly granted in the past. To put it as simply as possible; "Can I have this?", "No" - Denied.

Of course all of this completely ignores the ethical issue which you so nicely opened up in your final sentence. However, I'll leave that fo rother commentors. The irony of one who would deny rights on the grounds of thinly veiled bigotry (but it's just my opinion!) calling those who would grant them bigots is not lost on most.

about 4 months ago
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An SSD for Your Current Computer May Save the Cost of a New One (Video)

entrigant Thank You, Captain Obvious! (353 comments)

I'm actually embarassed for you, /.

wth..

about 4 months ago
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Your Car Will Tell You How To Hit the Next Green Light

entrigant Re:Its called paying attention (364 comments)

I'd most definitely like to have that information. I'm always scanning for pedestrian timers so I'd definitely use it. However, the person that hit you was either not paying attention, tailgating, or both. From a defensive driving posture that info may have helped, but, as an alternative defensive action, I'd probably have just kept going rather than slam my brakes.

I would make the claim that perhaps you were speeding to need to slam the brakes in the first place, but there's been enough discussion of yellow light timers here that it may very well have been timed to shortly allowing benefit of the doubt. If that's the case I'd make the claim that the issue to fix is the yellow light timing and not work arounds like this to deal with poor timing.

To sum up, this information shouldn't be needed to prevent being rear ended at an interestion with a light turning red, and I don't think the addition of it would help under proper conditions. The original stated use, efficiency gains, remains the most sensible.

about 4 months ago

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QNX Publishes Neutrino Source Code

entrigant entrigant writes  |  more than 6 years ago

entrigant (233266) writes "QNX has announced that they are opening the code and development process for Neutrino. From the press release:

"In a move that revolutionizes software development practices by combining the best of the open source and commercial software domains, QNX Software Systems today announced that it is opening access to the source code of its QNX® Neutrino® realtime operating system (RTOS) under a new hybrid software licensing arrangement.""

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